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 Post subject: Uneven stain
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:34 pm 
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Hey guys,
In staining a stummel I got an uneven coverage. Does anyone know why this happens normally? How do I combat this?


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 Post subject: Re: Uneven stain
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:17 pm 
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I have similar problems. I apply with a makeup pad with only a small part wet with stain and immediately rub the stain with the dry part in to avoid overlap. This works OK, but I would be interested in hearing other methods.
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 Post subject: Re: Uneven stain
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:25 pm 
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I apply stain with a small foam brush or a fluffy pipe cleaner. Coat till the whole surface is saturated and then wipe off the excess. Key to an even stain is sanding.

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 Post subject: Re: Uneven stain
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:08 pm 
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Hmmm. How much sanding should take place after staining? I understand it's probably a matter of preference, but like in general? Is staining then taking all or most of it off and then doing another coat regular?


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 Post subject: Re: Uneven stain
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:48 pm 
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Depends on when you start staining. There's a good bit of variation from one pipe maker to the next on this one. Some start staining after 320 grit sanding then sand with 400 grit, then stain again, then 600 grit, then stain. Some keep going from there to higher grits. Some stop at 400 grit, stain, then go to red tripoli. Play around with it and see what works for you. You can also play around with how much stain you remove with each grit. The only real thing is that you make sure to remove all of the scratches from the previous grit. The stain will highlight the scratches.

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 Post subject: Re: Uneven stain
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:00 pm 
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Ok, sounds good. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Uneven stain
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:38 am 
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makeup pad

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O the joys of pipemaking! We use nail files and earbuds and latex gloves and leather stain and tooth picks and ... All of it things that you would never ever think is needed for making a pipe!

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